Autoimmune Diseases affect 5% of the men and women in the United States. However, 2/3 of those people are women. Autoimmune diseases occur when the body's immune system begins to fight its own body because it loses the ability to distinguish between self-antigens and foreign antigens. When this occurs the body will make antibodies to fight its own tissues, thus causing disorders in the body. Some disorders are easily treatable and normal life can be maintained with medications, while others are debilitating and the quality of life will deteriorate. Although the debilitating diseases can have their progression slowed with medication and life style changes, the result is inevitable.

The most common autoimmune diseases are:
Multiple sclerosis
Myasthenia gravis
Graves’ disease
Type I diabetes mellitus
Systemic lupus erythematosus
Rheumatoid arthritis

Others include, but are not limited to:
Addison’s disease
Aplastic anemia
Churg-Strauss syndrome
Crohn’s disease
Cushing’s disease
Guillain-Barre syndrome
Wilson’s syndrome (Hashimoto’s disease)
Evan’s syndrome
Meniere’s disease
Sjogren’s syndrome
Leukoderma (Vitiligo)
Goodpasture’s syndrome
Cogan’s syndrome
Celiac sprue (nontropical)